Book Review: “Bryant’s Gap” by Michael E. Burge

November 4, 2015 at 5:54 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Michael E. Burge in his new book, “Bryants-Gap3Bryant’s Gap” published by Michael E. Burge gives us a story of truth, justice and redemption.

From the back cover: In 1947 postwar Chicago, mob related violence is commonplace. Nothing stands in the way of the “Outfit” when it comes to making money; a body here or there, who really cares as long as everyone’s pockets are lined, but when a man is found dead in a small Illinois town—people take notice.

Bargetown’s Chief of Police Bert Thatcher looks to a seasoned and astute railroad detective, Grady Colston, for help in solving the case. Fate has brought them together, but they soon realize just how much they have in common. A tight bond develops between the two men as they strive to uncover the identity of the man found dead on the railroad tracks—his right arm severed. As the investigation unfolds, surprising details of the man’s past come to light, and the circumstances of his death pose a major dilemma for Grady and Bert.

From the banks of the Wabash River to a beach in the South Pacific, BRYANT’S GAP is peppered with folksy humor and nostalgic references that whisk the reader away to a simpler time—when good and evil stood on opposite sides of the street and relationships had real meaning

One of my favorite movies is, “In The Heat Of The Night” where the big city detective must work side by side with the small town sheriff. This book reminds me a lot of that movie. Bert Thatcher is the Chief and Grady Colston is the detective and they have to work together to solve the murder. The thing is these two can actually get along. Mr. Burge has provided us with a highly complicated plot. Bert and Grady are really interesting characters that develop and become more interesting as the story goes on. “Bryant’s Gap” is loaded with twists and turns that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Mr. Burge has provided us with a fairly exciting book and well worth the read.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Thanks so much for introducing us to this mystery and your thoughts on it. I’m from the south Chicago suburbs, so am looking forward to seeing how the author depicts the setting.

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